The Noble Rank of Lady Fatima Zahra, by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

Knowing who Lady Fatima Zahra is extremely important, because she ” …is most important to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him” states Shaykh Ahmed Abdo.

The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, had four daughters, and Fatima was his beloved.  She had a very loving and intimate relationship with her father and mother and loved to be in their company. Her upbringing  and character are mirrored in the lives of her noble parents. Their household was nurtured by love and support exemplified by the relationship between her mother, Lady Khadija the Great, and her father Muhammad, the final messenger of God.  This love manifests in nobility in this world and the Hereafter.

Do you know the  Lady Fatima Zahra?

The Queen of the Heavenly Abode
The Doorway to the Noble Lineage
The heart connected to the most noblest of hearts?
There are four women in the history of humanity that have reached the highest perfection and degree of completion; Lady Fatima is amongst the four mentioned, along with her noble mother Khadija.
Join Shaykh Ahmed Abdo in this two part  video on a profound journey of discovery; a journey of love and nobility.

Part  One: The Noble Household

Part Two:  A Blessed Lifetime


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We are grateful to Companions of the Heart for this video. Cover Photo by Fraser.

Connecting Our Hearts to Allah – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Get some much needed Soul Food , and spiritual nourishment with Ustadh Amjad Tarsin in this richly packed workshop on 10 practical steps to connect your heart to Allah.

Foundationally rooted in the Hadith Jibrli, Ustadh Amjad delineates the 3 dimensions of religion and ushers us into the spiritual path of seeking and connecting with Allah.  To understand how we can connect our hearts to Allah, we must first step back and understand the nature of the heart and how it functions. With this in mind, Ustadh Amjad takes the listeners and viewers on an investigation of the Qalb, the spiritual heart, and the nature of its parts and its much needed nourishments.

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The Journey to Allah Begins and Ends with His Messenger – Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael

Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael invites the audience on a crucial reflection on the nature of our relationship with Allah; the Owner, Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. Do you realise that when you woke up today you were returning to your Lord? That every breath and every moment brings you closer to your true destination? You will meet Allah; who is your guide and example? What are your provisions on this journey?

In the 18 years that he has been Muslim, Shaykh Sulayman has been waiting for a Muslim to ask him these very questions ; to ask him how it is between him and Allah, the Owner,Creator and Sustainer of the Worlds. “So when I look for a Muslim, I am looking for someone whose heart attached himself to Allah and detached his heart from the world,” shares Shaykh Sulayman. Who is like this that I can be like? Who is it that I can make my role model? These reflections direct me to the Prophet of God, peace and blessings be upon him.

when you are seeking truth, everyone claims to have answers, but no one has answers like the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of God be upon him. He whose heart is always connected to Allah and whose concern is for the entirety of creation;  Let us ask Our Messenger, peace and blessings of God be upon him, so that our journey is based on guidance, truth and leads to everlasting success .

Reflect on the minute preparations, and research we , as human beings, make in order to travel somewhere, either for business or  vacation. There is much preparation, research and packing that takes place when preparing for a simple flight or journey on this earth.  What about the afterlife?  As believers, we testify in the existence of the Hereafter and the belief in a Day that will be like no other day– with much unknown ahead of us, what have we prepared for it? When I am meeting with a king or a president, I will prepare myself– what have you done to prepare yourself for the journey to the King of all Kings? The journey to Allah?

There are  5 questions that I reflected on, and whose answers provided guidance towards a better relationship with my Lord and for a happier Hereafter. Let us reflect and visit them  so we may benefit together.

 1): What should I do if I do not wish to be hungry on that Day ( a day likened to 50 thousand years)?

Answer: The prophet said those that experience hunger most in this life, will not experience hunger on that Day; this reference was to those who fast Ramadan and the additional fasts. Those that increase in fasting in this world, will not feel the hunger on that Day.

2) What should I do If I do not wish to shiver or shake on That Day?

Let us reflect, do you not think that on that Day that you meet His Angels, that you meet Allah , do you think that you will have no fear?

Answer: The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,  said that the one who helps his brother until his problem is solved will not shiver or quake on that Day.  Service to others is the gateway to rewards and the pleasure of Allah.

3) What shall I do to be Happy on that Day? (Can you be happy that Day? When the Earth quakes, the sky falls and there is upheaval everywhere?)

Answer : The Messenger of Allah said that the one who can swallow his anger when he has a right to be angry Allah will fill his heart with hope and contentment on the Day of Judgement.

According to Islam, what does it mean to be angry?A common example of this situation are the quarrels between spouses, when one overlooks or swallows his or her anger for the sake of Allah, Allah will grant that individual hope and contentment on that Day. Another example worth noting is when someone does something and you say to them -you always do this!;These are are examples of anger to avoid.

4) Would you like on the Day of Judgement to have a rank that is even loved or desired by the Prophets? 

On the Day of judgement there will be people who are dressed with light, their faces will shine bright and will be sitting on chairs of light and even the prophets would like to be in their state; the prophets will be looking upon them and wondering how they reached this station.

Answer: The Messenger of Allah has informed us these are the people who visit each other for Allah and who give each other gifts for Allah’s sake. So, how do you know that you are visiting someone for Allah? If you continue to  visit, call or give gifts even when the other does not reciprocate; your sincerity shows in your continuity.

5) Would you like to sit next to the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,  on that Day? How can I achieve this?

Answer: The ones who will be near him on the day of Judgement and be the most beloved to Allah Mighty and Majestic, are those who have good character and those who send abundant blessings upon his beloved, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

As believers we are blessed to send prayers upon our messenger in our ritual prayers and outside of it, in these interactions there are 2 angels that convey our greetings to the Prophet. How would your like your greetings to be personally conveyed? Your Messenger knows that these greetings are from you– send blessings upon him as if he is with you, as if you are in his blessed presence.

The Journey to Allah begins with the guidance and example of the Messenger and ends with the company and intercession of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.

We have been blessed with reflecting on the Hereafter, for we believe in it and each moment we move closer to it, and closer to Allah. We have also been blessed with the answers and provisions for this Day and this Meeting. So what is next? After this conversation, after this lecture, how do we treat what has just been conveyed to us?

Everything you just heard or have been conveyed will be placed as a trial for or against us; for this knowledge has been conveyed to us and they are amongst our provisions. Let us rejoice in it , embrace it,  and act upon it so that it may be in our favour and we may reap the rewards.


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We are grateful to Al Mawadda TV for this video.

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closeness to Allah Archives – SeekersHub Blog
Ten Qualities of Those Seeking Closeness to Allah
Qur’an Reflections: Day Two: Baqara [2.142-252] – Remembrance
The Intercession of the Prophet on the Day of Judgment
The Soul’s Journey after Death and The Day of Judgement
Hope, the Hereafter and Our Salvation, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani .
The Benefits of Sending Peace & Blessings on Prophet Muhammad
Why do We Send Prayers of Peace & Blessings Upon the Beloved .
Love Of The Prophet And Following His Example
Can You Please Explain the Belief of The “Presence” of the Prophet
Maqam: The Station of the Prophet Muhammad
On Knowing Yourself to Know Go

"They Are Not Our Teachers" – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

“They are not our teachers”  said Omar Mukhtar, the leader of Libyan Mujahideen, when asked why he would not avenge the way Muslims had been treated by the Italian Colonists. His declaration demonstrated a deep understanding of the way of the Prophet ﷺ.

In this video, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin uses this example and others from the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to show how the way of the Prophetic way can heal us and the world around us.

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Tap Into The Light of Muhammad’s Message – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Seeking the Light of Muhammad’s Message ﷺ

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus can’t help but feel nostalgic for his early days as a Muslim.
In this video, from SeekersHub’s 2015 tour of South Africa, Shaykh Yahya shares his story from 1996 and explains what led him to appreciate its blessing. One thing that stood out was how the light of Islam stayed strong through the numerous generations and tragedies, until it reached us.
You don’t need to tell light to radiate, he explains. It just does, and its to the extent that darkness exists that prevents light, but his light is shining.

Secondly, we need to tap into that light until we gain enough to be guidance in their own rights. He gives the example of the area of Silicon Valley, where although things look rosy and materially perfect, the people are mentally and spiritually struggling in unimaginable ways.

Finally, he says that the Prophet us that there is always hope, that every tragedy in the world will be rectified in the end. We can never react in a way which he  would not have liked us to act. This isn’t about us, it’s about God.

Interested in learning more about the Divine message and how it pertains to our generation? Check out Shaykh Yahya’s free online course The Marvels of the Heart, and covers principals of Islamic beliefs and spirituality, such as the place of the soul, spirit, heart and intellect as pertains to their heart.

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Etiquette of Social Media – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

As main tools of communication and connectivity, Social Media is everywhere, and with immediacy. Ustad Amjad Tarsin calls us to ponder to what end? For what purpose?

Two individuals could be doing the exact same thing, and one is rewarded and one may be punished. What gives? What is the difference between the two?  Ustadh Amjad invites us to ponder on the value of purpose and intention in every deed and action performed by the individual; what makes or breaks our actions?
“As believers we do not go off on auto pilot” reminds Ustadh Amjad; the urgency lies in reflecting and making purposeful intentions. “Social media should not be a replacement for real life.”

Ask yourself, “what purpose is this for– to what end? How does this connect me to Allah ?” Sure , social media offers you anonymity from the creation and instant connectivity; but Allah is always with you and aware of all that you do–even before you think of it. What then have you to show your Creator? what is it that you wish to share with your Lord?

The believer should have purpose in life with God-consciousness and intentionality as the provisions and tools for true, long lasting success.

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Muslim Convert: I asked the Priest to Forgive Me…

Very few converts accept Islam straight away. The rest go through a spiritual turbulence as they come to terms with the big decision that lies ahead. If that describes you, then you’ll be comforted to know that you’re not alone.

Watch this short interview with Ala, a Muslim convert, in which she talks about her journey to embracing Islam and how embracing Islam brought happiness to her life. She’s from Ukraine and embraced Islam when she was 28.

Self-development begins where your comfort zone ends. And true self-development begins by embracing truth when it comes your way. We hope that this convert to Islam has inspired you to push forward in your journey, even if it’s just an inch.

If you have concerns or confusions that are keeping you back from converting to Islam, email Overcome TV or send a YouTube message.

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Vulnerability as the Pathway to Virtue – Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Join the conversation regarding sacred wisdom and pathways to non-violence at the 2016 Festival of Faith conference in Louisville, Kentucky with Dr. Ingrid Mattson  as she profoundly connects the viewer and listener to the nature of need as the true human experience and Vulnerability as its gateway.

It seems that all aspects of life stem down to the notion of power or the lack thereof.  Suffering is real; evil occurs and is experienced. What then is  our response? How do we understand and connect?

Dr. Ingrid’s response is real and compelling: “everyone will do what they will do and  my job is to learn in that situation; my job is to see the  opportunity for me to express my reliance and awareness of God’s Power ; to understand what it means to be in need of mercy, to be in need of compassion, and to be in need of justice.”
Vulnerability allows us to have the courage to go forward and try to exemplify prophetic virtues into action for the sake of all of those whose peace is being disturbed.

We are grateful to the Festival of Faith for the video. Cover photo by Bhatti Mashooque

 

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Catching the Dunya Is Mission Impossible – Imam Zaid Shakir

What’s the problem with having a materialistic, dunya-centered world view? You become instantly poor no matter how much wealth you have.  You graduate from a Camaro to a Masarati to a Rolls-Royce, going through object after object but never being at peace with yourself, says Imam Zaid Shakir.

In this funny and captivating video clip, Imam Zaid Shakir opens our eyes to the flawed views that we have oftentimes grown up with, and encouraged us to look deep within and search for true and lasting happiness.

We are grateful to Nueces Mosque for this recording.

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Successful Marriage: Keys from the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah ﷺ, by Habib Hussein as-Saqqaf

This talk on marriage by Habib Hussein as-Saqqaf is probably one of the finest we have heard on the subject in a long, long time.

The closest relationship a person will ever experience in their lifetime is with their spouse. In this SeekersHub seminar, we learn how to cultivate this union to the fullest, how to overcome common hurdles, and how to maintain a high degree of moral conduct and excellent character.

For more info and FREE registration for our upcoming seminars – wherever you are in the world, visit SeekersHub Toronto.

Cover photo by Azlan DuPree.